Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, June 28th

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Somerset Patriots (40-25) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (37-27)

Game #66 * Wednesday, June 28th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Monday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 10-6; 6-run 8th inning gives Patriots the lead for good; Rodriguez goes 3-3, 4 R
Tuesday (7:05 pm) SMD def. SOM 6-3; Wilson, Snyder, Cone all hit HR for SMD; Hayes throws 7 innings, get W
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (6-1, 2.40 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Brian Grening (6-1, 2.44 ERA)
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (4-1, 4.47 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Gaby Hernandez (4-1, 2.89 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes628

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 10 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: eight by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

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RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.40). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 4-1 record with a 2.79 ERA over 51.2 innings as a starter (eight games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 36 of the 42 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 20 of his last 26. Over those 26 games, Gonzalez is 29-94 (.309) with a home run, nine runs and nine RBI. He is seven plate appearances (169, needs 176) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .322 average would otherwise rank 7th.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently ranks 1st in the ALPB in strikeouts (71). He has made nine-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five Ks in eight of the nine games. Additionally, his 3.38 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

OH OH OH IT’S MAGIC: Entering Wednesday’s slate of games, the Somerset Patriots’ magic number to clinch the first half Liberty Division title is two. The Patriots have won an Atlantic League-record 17 half championships, including seven first half championships: most recently in ‘15 with a record-setting 50 wins.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has hit safely in 19 of the 25 games in which he has played since rejoining the Patriots on 5/26. That includes reaching base in 14 of his last 15 games (and hits in 12-of-15). Over that stretch, Roller is 19-for-54 (.352) with five home runs, 12 RBI, 16 runs scored and 12 walks.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 28 of his last 30 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 34-for-105 (.324) with a home run, 14 runs and 20 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .301. His current .301 batting average ranks 11th in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Aharon Eggleston was just named the 11th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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